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Biden, CNN's Cooper mocked after breaking social distancing rule during town hall commercial break

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE and CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday were mocked on social media after a former producer at the network flagged that the two men moved closer to each other, breaking social distancing guidelines, as the network went to a commercial break during a town hall event.

“Joe Biden and Anderson Cooper are making a point of social distancing during the CNN Town Hall while on the stage. But when they think they've gone to commercial break, they get so close to each other that Biden is whispering in Cooper's ear,” wrote former CNN senior digital producer Steve Krakauer in a tweet that included video. 

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The tweet came after Cooper informed viewers at the top of the program that he would keep his distance from Biden in following coronavirus guidelines.

"As you can see, I’m not wearing a mask tonight. I tested negative for coronavirus this morning. Still, I’ll be keeping my distance, as will all of the participants in tonight's town hall who are here," Cooper said at the top of the drive-in town hall from Moosic, Pa.

The Biden-Cooper close exchange quickly drew reactions, mostly from conservatives, on social media.

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The former vice president took questions from voters in a parking lot in what the network called a "drive-in town hall."

The event came two days after President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE held a town hall on ABC. Biden and Trump are set to square off for the first presidential debate on Sept. 29 in Cleveland.

Ratings for the CNN Biden Town Hall will be available Friday afternoon.